Kao - pronounced K-O - launched his first adventure on SEGA’s legendary Dreamcast back in the year 2000. Now, two decades on, Tate Multimedia has decided to give the platforming genre a bit of a kick and let Kao off the leash once more, releasing his biggest adventure yet.
Setting out to find his missing sister and solve the mystery of what
happened to his long-lost father, players will join Kao as he picks up his magical boxing gloves and travels the world confronting famous fighting masters who are under the influence of disturbing, dark power, all while exploring a colourful and vibrant world alive with activity and visual flair.
“We’ve been blown away by the response we’ve had from gamers since we announced Kao the Kangaroo was making a return earlier this year,” says Kaja Borowko, Head of Studio. “With this new chapter, we’ve set out to make sure the new Kao the Kangaroobothhonours his previous outings and offers fresh, contemporary gameplay for fans new and old alike. This is a complete reboot for Kao, and we can’t wait to see how people take to it at launch!”
If you’ve ever thought “what if Mutant Football League had even more features, more plays, and more multiplayer,” you’re not alone. Digital Dreams Entertainment thought the same, so they decided to make a sequel: Mutant Football League 2. Development on Mutant Football League 2 is currently underway. Digital Dreams Entertainment can’t give an estimate on when it may launch, because some of the team based in Kyiv, Ukraine is still affected by the war, but they can promise it’ll be worth the wait.
Digital Dreams is building Mutant Football League 2 for next-gen consoles, which allows for a substantially higher level of presentation quality thanks in no small part to physically based rendering. Improved lighting and shadow effects, smoother animations, and a more advanced collision system are just some of the planned improvements.
Mutant Football League 2 is bigger and faster than the original and hits harder, with vicious new Dirty Tricks and expanded roles for All Stars. Digital Dreams is also going deep on Mutant Football League 2’s online features, adding new modes and ways to shake up the classic game.
Whether you’re online or off, Digital Dreams is giving you even more ways to strategize by adding an eighth player to the field, raising the number of receivers to four. And that’s not all. Mutant Football League 2 features more plays and formations than ever before and more hazards as well. Weather conditions change during matches, throwing a wrench into your best-laid plans with new obstacles – or maybe even giving you an unexpected advantage over your opponent. You’ll also be able to create custom teams and even draft MFL players to your roster in our new and improved Dynasty Supreme franchise mode.
Global publisher Green Man Gaming Publishing (@GMG_Publishing) announced a new global publishing deal with Indie developer Evil Twin Artworks to bring their exciting new comedic space combat adventure game The Galactic Junkers to PC and consoles in late 2022.
Evil Twin Artworks originally planned a Kickstarter campaign to support the PC development and hopefully secure funding for a console release but Green Man Gaming Publishing stepped in with a deal to support the team with publishing, PR and marketing support for the launch of all platforms.
The Galactic Junkers will transport you to a far away galaxy to become the space captain you always wanted to be. The only problem is that your ship needs work, there’s a price on your head, and your crew are idiots! What could possibly go wrong!
“We are excited to be partnering with the talented team at Evil Twin Artworks to bring The Galactic Junkers to market and further bolster our publishing portfolio” commented Helen Churchill, SVP of Publishing at Green Man Gaming Publishing. “We believe that this title can be an indie hit not only on PC but across all platforms and we will utilise our vast publishing experience to get The Galactic Junkers in the hands of gamers across the world”.
“We are so excited to be collaborating with Green Man Gaming on Galactic Junkers. This was such a departure from our previous title we are really pleased to be able to get the game out to a larger audience.” Commented James Carroll, Director at Evil Twin Artworks. “Green Man got it from the off and that was something that was important to us, there’s a lot of off kilter humour in The Galactic Junkers that we were pleased someone else was appreciating it outside of our little circle!”
The Galactic Junkers will be available for PC and consoles in late 2022.
Enter the new era of Formula 1 in EA SPORTS F1 22, the official videogame of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship. Take your seat for a new season as redesigned cars and overhauled rules redefine race day, test your skills around the new Miami International Autodrome, and get a taste of the glitz and glamour in F1 Life.
Race the stunning new cars of the Formula 1 2022 season with the authentic lineup of all 20 drivers and 10 teams, and take control of your race experience with new immersive or cinematic race sequences. Create a team and take them to the front of the grid with new depth in the acclaimed My Team career mode, race head-to-head in split-screen, multiplayer, or change the pace by taking supercars from some of the sport’s biggest names to the track.
F1 22 Features
NEW SEASON, NEW RULES: Race a new era of Formula 1 cars in F1 22.
RACE DAY, REDEFINED: Take control of your virtual F1 experience with immersive and cinematic Pit Stops, Formation Laps, and more.
F1 LIFE: Get a taste of the glitz and glamour of Formula 1.
There are 3 digital editions of F1 22 available to pre-order:
F1 22 Dual Entitlement includes Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games LIMITED TIME ONLY - PRE-ORDER F1 22 Champions Edition by May 16, 2022 and receive the Limited-Time Bonus: Miami-Themed Content Pack, 3 days Early Access, F1 Life Starter Pack, F1 22 New Era Content, New My Team Icons, 18,000 PitCoin and Dual Entitlement upgrade, upgrade your copy to Xbox Series X|S at no additional cost.
F1 22 launches July 1st, 2022 for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.
Korean game publisher Kakao Games has announced a 15 million USD strategic investment from Kakao Games Europe B.V. in American independent game developer, Playable Worlds, as part of its increasing global profile and ambitious growth strategy. Playable Worlds focuses on Cloud-Native Games and a Metaverse platform. Kakao Games led the Series B round, which totaled over 25 million USD including participation from other investors.
Playable Worlds is established by developers from ‘Ultima Online’, which is considered to be the pioneer
of MMORPGs, and Metaplace, a game platform that was acquired by Disney in 2010, together with industry-leading developers.
The company was founded in 2018 by well-known developer Raph Koster, who has worked on ‘Ultima Online’, ‘Star Wars Galaxies’, ‘Metaplace’, and Eric Goldberg, four-time entrepreneur and designer of ‘MadMaze’, the Prodigy Online Service game that was the first online game to reach one million players. Its current talent pool consists of fellow veterans in the game industry, as well as many talented developers from Sony Online and Disney Playdom, and Blizzard.
Playable Worlds is currently at work developing its first Cloud-Native sandbox MMO game and metaverse platform, which is expected to be announced in 2023.
Kakao Games’ CEO, Kyehyun Cho notes: “We''re thrilled to be partnering with the veteran pioneers of MMORPG and metaverse. Through this close partnership, we will do our best to successfully lead the ‘Beyond Korea’ Project and build a distinctive game field based on next-gen technology.
“We are very pleased to be working with Kakao Games, a publisher well received in both the Korean and global markets.“ says Raph Koster, CEO of Playable Worlds. “We will deliver innovative Cloud-Native gaming experiences for players worldwide.”
Meanwhile, in January, Kakao Games also made a 20 million USD strategic investment in American independent game developer Frost Giant Studios, which was founded in 2020 by industry veterans Tim Morten and Tim Campbell whose development credits include ‘StarCraft II’, ‘Command & Conquer’, and ‘Warcraft III.’ Overall, Kakao Games continues to expand its growth in global markets by securing promising investment opportunities for development resources.
Paradox Interactive (@PdxInteractive) announced that their critically acclaimed RPG Shadowrun Trilogy, a collection of three role-playing games in the iconic fantasy-cyberpunk Shadowrun setting, will launch on consoles on June 21, 2022.
The Shadowrun Trilogy, a remastered release of the Shadowrun Returns RPGs originally released by Harebrained Schemes, has been updated for a console experience, with upscaled graphics, improved performance, and controller-optimized gameplay. All three titles in the series will launch simultaneously for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch, and are available for pre-order on all platforms as of today*.
Originally funded via Kickstarter in just 28 hours, and the first Kickstarter-funded game to launch after raising over $1 million, Shadowrun Returns is a story-rich RPG with turn-based tactical combat set in the celebrated Shadowrun universe. Designed by Jordan Weisman, the creator of the original Shadowrun tabletop RPG, Shadowrun Returns released to critical acclaim for PC and mobile platforms, with two sequels released shortly afterwards. The standalone sequels, Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut and Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Extended Edition, join Shadowrun Returns as the Shadowrun Trilogy, coming to console platforms later this year.
The Legendary Shadowrun Trilogy, including Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Hong Kong and Shadowrun: Dragonfall, is coming to all current and last-gen consoles on 21st of June, and is available for Pre-Order with a 25 % discount!